I understand this is old news, but I ran into my first instance of this today. They edited a Tom and Jerry cartoon to eliminate a “blackface” reference in the Thanksgiving one where he gets hit in the tail by a candle, and then in the back of the head with a champagne bottle. Some of you who have been lifelong fans like me recognize the episode simply by description. Well, their edits completely threw the cartoon off at the end, and me as well, since I was wondering for a second what the hell had happened. Then I remembered. It was one of the infamous PC edits. Interestingly enough, they let Tom keep the Indian headdress and did the peace pipe thing at the end. Go figure.
So, I look up some stuff on the Internet, and lo and behold I find out why I never see Speedy Gonzales cartoons anymore. He’s been banned.
So, the question begs to be asked: Who do they think they’re fooling with this stuff? I have every single cartoon memorized, and I notice when stuff changes. I can tell you from the introductory music whether it’s a good cartoon or not. So they edit the cartoon, and expect people not to notice? This is equivalent to the old Russian picture edits, where everyone knows there was something there but the space is eerily blank.
This has been a situation of PC run amuck. I watched them when I was younger, hell, everyone did, and I don’t think a single one of us can say with a straight face that Tom and Jerry or Looney Tunes has greatly influenced our worldviews. Yet now they’re editing cartoons for my son? Good thing they made that decision for me, I wouldn’t know what to do had they not. My son might have been exposed to blackface, or dumb Indians trying to thwart a TALKING RABBIT. See how silly the whole thing is?
Give me a break. And while you’re at it, Cartoon Network, bring back the unedited cartoons. Either that, or just don’t show them.